Update: November 30, 2017
I wanted to give you an update from last night’s school board meeting. The first action item of significance is that the school board voted to officially accept the Long Range Plan recommendations made by our steering committee at the October board meeting with no changes. We offer deep gratitude to our 9 members that served on the Long Range Planning Committee as well as our facilitator for their time, efforts, and quality work.
The agenda also included an action item about the possibility of moving to a one campus model and closing the St. Ludmila Center. The motion was made to close the St. Ludmila center at the conclusion of this school year and the motion passed. Our current school setup is Preschool-2nd grade (170 students) at St. Jude, 3rd-4th grade (70 student) at St. Ludmila, and 5th-8th grade (176 students) at LaSalle. Next school year we will have Preschool through 4th grade at our St. Jude Center and 5th-8th grades will remain at LaSalle.
Please know this decision from the school board was not made in haste and was a very difficult decision for our school board members. Many factors have been looked at for several years and this decision came as a result of weighing all of the information, including the feedback given during the Long Range Planning process and making the best decision for the future of Holy Family Schools. Although there is great sadness in closing a center, we can look forward to the benefits that campus unification brings to our system, including a more efficient use of staff and resources, unity among stakeholders and procedures, and financial stability. Utilizing a one-campus model allows Holy Family Schools to maintain a balanced budget with reasonable tuition increases and continued parish support. In the spirit of transparency, closing the St. Ludmila Center does help us financially, however we still have a lot of work to do over the next three to five years to keep the budget balanced. We have three large classes moving out and are bringing in smaller classes, which continues to cause significant financial strain on the school system. We have looked extensively at our projected financials for the next few years. We will need to get creative in the coming years to find additional revenue models and money savings beyond the closing of the St. Ludmila Center to allow us to maintain a balanced budget. I am confident that with prayer, focus on our mission, collaboration, and hard work we will be able to fulfill the goals of our long range plan and continue to build on all of the wonderful qualities that we know and love about Holy Family School System for years to come.
With the closing of the St. Ludmila Center, we will honor the many years of wonderful traditions and learning that have taken place, as well as the amazing people who have called St. Ludmila home over the years. Look for communication in the future regarding these celebrations and how you can be involved.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have. My door is always open to you. Thank you for your continued support of Holy Family Schools.
Long Range Planning Information
A Long Range Planning Committee was formed in the Spring of 2017 for the purposes of gathering and analyzing information to make recommendations to Holy Family School Board. The major task for the committee was to identify 3-4 priority areas of work to be focused on over the next 3-5 years as the Holy Family School System moves forward. Recommendations will be made at the October 24th School Board meeting.
Listening Sessions were held at each of the four supporting parishes, then the information was compiled and the following survey was sent to all parishes and current families. The results of the survey are available at the following link:
The Long Range Planning Steering Committee presented their recommendations to the Holy Family School Board at the October 24th board meeting. The school board thanked the committee for their hard work and recommendations. The school board plans to have a work session in November to go through the recommendations and plans to have a final draft ready to approve at the November 28th meeting. Below is the copy of the recommendations made by the Long Range Planning Committee.
The next steps are to create action items as well as timelines for the work that is to be done over the next 3-5 years.
November 20, 2017: Email update from Mrs. Graven
I wanted to give you an update on our long range planning process. The Holy Family School Board met this month for a work session to discuss the recommendations made by our steering committee. This work session included review of the three priority areas and discussion of time sensitive action items associated with the recommendations.
The regularly scheduled school board meeting will be held on November 28th at 5:00pm in the LaSalle library. At this meeting the school board will vote on the final version of the Long Range Plan. One of the recommendations of particular interest is the move to a one-campus model. This recommendation of moving to a one-campus model is due to fewer students, keeping parish subsidies manageable and keeping student tuition increases to a minimum. There are critical timelines associated with a decision such as this, so a separate action item will be listed on our board agenda for this recommendation regarding the possibility of a building closure.
Once the Long Range Plan priorities are officially approved, the Administrative team will work closely with the school board to establish specific action items, timelines, and who will oversee each of the priorities moving forward. Progress of the Long Range Plan will be an agenda item at all school board meetings moving forward. The Long Range Plan begins now with the board’s approval and will serve our school community for the next 3-5 years.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our school!
Kimberly Graven, Chief Administrator